What is Spinal Stenosis?
Back pain is one of multiple symptoms for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a medical condition where the spaces in the spine narrow, resulting in pressure being applied to nerves.
There are two types of spinal stenosis. Cervical stenosis is when the narrowing of the spine develops in the part of your spine that is located in the neck. Lumbar stenosis refers to narrowing of the spine that affects the lower back. Lumbar stenosis is the more common type of spinal stenosis.
The SOS team of neck and back specialists are experienced in helping patients manage and treat spinal stenosis. SOS provides total orthopedic care for spinal stenosis, creating personalized care plans for each patient.
SOS has the experience and medical knowledge to provide symptom relief and an improved quality of life for spinal stenosis patients. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or are experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms, talk with an SOS specialist.
Spinal Stenosis Causes
There are multiple possible spinal stenosis causes. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Damage to the spine from osteoarthritis
- Herniated disc
- Ligaments that hold the bones of the spine together become thick and stiff over time
- Injuries to the spine, such as a car accident
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Spinal stenosis symptoms will vary depending on the type of spinal stenosis that a patient has.
Cervical stenosis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Numbness in the foot, leg, hand or arm
- A tingling sensation in the foot, leg, hand or arm
- Difficulties walking or maintaining balance
- Neck pain
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
Lumbar stenosis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Back pain
- Numbness affecting the foot or leg
- A tingling sensation felt in the foot or leg
- Foot or leg weakness
- Leg pain or leg cramps, particularly when standing for an extended period of time or when walking
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
If you or your loved one's back pain is a symptom of spinal stenosis, SOS can develop a personalized treatment plan. Spinal stenosis treatment varies on a patient by patient basis. This is due to the varying degrees of severity for spinal stenosis.
SOS back pain specialists provide the individualized attention that each patient deserves. This empowers our patients to receive the best spinal stenosis treatment for their personal health.
While spinal stenosis treatment will vary to meet an individual patient's needs, common spinal stenosis treatment options include:
- Medication to relieve back pain or other body pain associated with spinal stenosis
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Procedures to decompress the spine
- Spinal stenosis surgery
The Trusted Experts for Spinal Stenosis Surgery
For some patients, spinal stenosis surgery may be the best treatment option. While SOS prioritizes conservative treatment for spinal stenosis, some patients may require spinal stenosis surgery.
If you or your loved one are a good candidate for spinal stenosis surgery, you can rely on the experienced spinal stenosis surgeons at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS). An experienced spinal stenosis surgeon at SOS will provide the care that you or your loved one needs for a smooth recovery. The SOS team provides care to prepare patients for spinal stenosis surgery. We're also here for you or your loved one after spinal stenosis surgery, providing follow up care for the best possible recovery.
Could You or Your Loved One's Back Pain Be Caused by Spinal Stenosis? See an SOS Specialist
The SOS team of back pain specialists are experienced diagnosing, caring for and treating spinal stenosis.
Whether already diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms like back pain, the caring, dedicated and knowledgeable team at SOS can help.